Grand Theft Auto V Reviews

Posted on September 16 2013, 12:37pm | Author: R* Q | Filed Under: Games

With the countdown to the September 17th arrival of GTAV now being measured in mere hours around the world, here is the first round-up of reviews from across the web:
"Grand Theft Auto V is not only a preposterously enjoyable video game, but also an intelligent and sharp-tongued satire of contemporary America. It represents a refinement of everything that GTAIV brought to the table five years ago. It’s technically more accomplished in every conceivable way, but it’s also tremendously ambitious in its own right. No other world in video games comes close to this in size or scope, and there is sharp intelligence behind its sense of humour and gift for mayhem. It tells a compelling, unpredictable, and provocative story without ever letting it get in the way of your own self-directed adventures through San Andreas. It is one of the very best video games ever made."
"Set mostly within the glitzily superficial city of Los Santos, a warped mirror of Los Angeles, GTAV is a sprawling tale of criminal maniacs self-destructing on a blood-splattered career trajectory to hell... The genius of GTAV is in the sheer seductive force of its vision. The visuals are astonishing – just astonishing. Surely pushing this ageing hardware to the limits, we get the dense downtown with its soaring skyscrapers and murky, rubbish-strewn back alleys. But then out into the country, we have rolling grasslands and desert stretches, coyotes roaming, the shadows of eagles swooping overhead. The world drags you in. It begs you to explore – and then it rewards you. You feel every millimetre of the landscape has been thoughtfully handcrafted with the curious gamer in mind."
"Everything works. It has mechanics good enough to anchor games of their own, and a story that is not only what GTA has always wanted to tell but also fits the way people have always played it. It’s a remarkable achievement, a peerless marriage of world design, storytelling and mechanics that pushes these ageing consoles to the limit and makes it all look easy. As we stand on the brink of a new generation, GTAV sends an intimidating message to the rest of the industry. Beat that."
"The scale is dizzying. It's insanely detailed too. Gangs loitering on street corners, cracked roads, foreclosure notices, and police searchlights cutting through the night sky give the poor areas of the city a tangible layer of grime. In Vinewood, sports cars glint in the sun, tourists snap pictures with their phones, and obnoxious starlets bray into their phones about movie auditions. Wander through the countryside and you'll see backpackers, cyclists, and people walking their dogs. Extras in rubber alien costumes take smoke breaks on studio lots, and bikers cruise the desert highways... The world is breathtaking, the script is funny, the music is superb... and, most of all, it's really, really fun."
"Throughout GTAV you'll swap between the trio, seeing San Andreas through the eyes of three wildly different personalities, each of whom brings their own breed of psychosis to one of the most exciting games of this generation... They're all exceptionally written, and play off of each other well. Instead of forcing one character to climb his way up his own slice of the criminal underworld, GTAV does a remarkable job of providing each with their own motivations, their own missions, and their own personas you'll come to love as you swap between them."
"The driving is a lot looser and more exciting than it was in GTAIV, and the lock-on targeting and cover system means that you're never fighting the controls in the middle of combat. It also looks great on current consoles, with a solid draw distance and a frame rate that takes few major hits along the way. Furthermore, the characters themselves emote well in cutscenes, which really helps make the story feel more meaningful. The city itself is nicely evocative of Los Angeles, as well, giving you GTA-ified equivalents of studio lots, the TCL Chinese Theatre, the Santa Monica Pier, and more. Little touches like lighting as the sun rises and sets go a long way, too. That all meets well with the game's on-foot and on-mission soundtrack, which delivers tense backing tracks that heighten the heists whether you're opening fire on the obstacles in your way or watching Michael slyly convince a guard that he is, in fact, supposed to be there. And all of it comes together to bring you a fantastic approximation of LA's sleazy-yet-sunny West Coast vibe."
"Grand Theft Auto V is the pinnacle of open-world video game design and a colossal feat of technical engineering... It dares the rest of the blockbuster industry to try and match its scope and, even with new consoles on the horizon, it may be some time before anything steps up."
“...Rockstar Games has produced the most playable, well-plotted, character-driven, fictionally coherent entry in this 16-year-old series. The game is set in an immense, parodic vision of Southern California, a West Coast counterpoint to the caricature of New York City in Grand Theft Auto IV (2008). While Los Santos — the game’s version of Los Angeles — and its surroundings exist in an alternate reality, it is also a contemporary one that evokes and satirizes the anxieties of 21st-century life… Video games tell their own lies to their players: you’re powerful, you’re smart, you’re important, your problems can be solved if you just keep trying. And Grand Theft Auto V is one of the most beautiful, seductive lies yet uttered by our youngest creative medium.”
Also check out some international reviews from Meristation, 3DJuegos, JeuxActu, Gameblog, Vandal, MondoXbox, InsideGamer, AusGamersThe Globe and Mail, Eurogamer Germany, IGN Italia and stay on the look out for lots more reviews hitting the web throughout the day. Of course feel free to share any you find in the comments below.

  • R* Aon September 25 2013, 1:11pmFlag
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  • kareemwaelsafwat4 days, 13 hours agoReplyFlag
    Please update grand theft auto v ps3 to be like grand theft auto v ps4 and pc and Xbox because gta v ps3 is so bad
    • SoullessRecon1 week, 3 days agoReplyFlag
      Gta v is un-enjoyable to people who can't afford to buy in game money, and makes it easy for them to get picked off by anyone who spends all their time playing it. It's been a non stop grinding fest just to try to get something to make money in that game and when I finally did get a business going it barely does anything because it either; makes the same ammount I could have made in a longer ammount of time repeating a mission I've had to do over and over again to try and catch up, or I get picked off every time I try to run deliveries in a regular server by everyone with a fighter jet. I've wasted my money and time on this game.
      • freakyloczzon August 11 2016, 12:18pmReplyFlag
        The next upcoming Gta should be placed in vice city that would be so awesome or collide liberty city,vice city,and San andreas together..
        • GameGhost786on May 25 2016, 3:52amReplyFlag
          PLAYERS WANT IT COMPATIBLE FOR PS VR.......It would realy be a great experience with such an epic game.
          • mrmoneyonfleekon May 20 2016, 10:15amReplyFlag
            dear rockstar i been playing gta for a while and i was wondering can you give me 2 million dollars in gta money for xbox one my gamertag is malachiprogamer
            • kingguy283on May 9 2016, 10:07pmReplyFlag
              Rockstar needs to make a update that enables us to lift the vehicles
              • Peterdres8on April 26 2016, 12:53pmReplyFlag
                The game seems terrible for one reason right now. The fact that it takes a miracle for players to join each other's game and play with each other. People can't even play jobs because they always get kicked for no reason.
                • CHAIN-_-REACT1ONon April 21 2016, 7:52pmReplyFlag
                  You guys need to stop removing awsome glitches because you guys are basically killing your own game but u guys could patch God mode glitches and plus make new outfits for the stores -_-
                  • lucas24680on April 20 2016, 3:02pmReplyFlag
                    Love to have dragsters or vans that can turn into crazy off-roaders or just something new and wowing
                    • jaquan242on April 6 2016, 3:37pmReplyFlag
                      Hello I have talk to more than 100 people and they are requesting the same things. Bigger houses (Mansion), new aircarfts and vehicles and a casino.
                      • BeastBoy15432on March 28 2016, 12:46amReplyFlag
                        Hi rockstargames i had 10,000,000 dollars on gta 5 online and then when i went back on it the next day it was all gone can you please help me with this issue my name
                        is AzzDman so can you please put it back into my gta 5 online account back.

                        • someonesonlineon February 25 2016, 5:28pmReplyFlag
                          Can you please do it so you only need 3 players to play all the heist you never get 4 players to join helf the time I've been reloading my heist misson up for 2 hours now and still can only get 3 people to join
                          • bluntWormon February 3 2016, 11:05pmReplyFlag
                            we need 4-8 player heist. i have more than 4 people i know who play and when we are all on it sucks that we all waited 2 years for the heist and cant play them together. im not staying you have to have 8 players just up to 8 with a minimum of 4 players.
                            • MackenzieEvanson January 6 2016, 11:27pmReplyFlag
                              you should be able to change your characters face not just their makeup.
                              • MackenzieEvanson January 6 2016, 11:24pmReplyFlag
                                Rockstar should add new features like
                                Gta players should be able to live together and start a family/relationship with other players and all that
                                Gta players should be able to get jobs at any place of their choice and earn money
                                Female gta players should be able to wear one piece swimsuits and also gta players should be able to surf
                                There should be a club/bar to go and hang out aswell
                                Gta players should be able to decorate the house interior and be able to design their own house, and the most expensive house should have a pool
                                Gta players should be able to live in those high end houses that you cant go inside.
                                Gta players should be able to own pets.
                                Players should be able to chuck a house party.
                                At christmas time under the tree, players should be able to open presents/gifts from other players. Basically you should be able to give & recieve presents at christmas time.
                                • alex_faucetteon January 4 2016, 8:58pmReplyFlag
                                  For future updates things should be more realistic like when you customize your truck or jeep you should be able to put lift kits,programmers to blow black smoke out your tail pipe and be able to turn it up and down on desiels.You should be able to pick you on tire and wheel spacers for your truck and more realistic wheels. More realistic bumpers and should be able to work your winch and get stuck in mud like real life. It would be nick to have real fourwheelers and customize it like real life with all the mud tires and stuff. Thanks
                                  • skye985on December 30 2015, 1:54amReplyFlag
                                    For future updates it would be really cool to be able to sell a property on its own without having to buy another one. Also on the topic of properties, online when looking to buy, there should be pictures of the interiors. And maybe since you can smoke pot in your apartment, maybe you should have to go to a dealer. That would be cool. That's all u can think of for now
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